Beautiful Music

Organ refurbishment at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Ishpeming nears completion (Photo Feature)

The air-actuated pipe organ of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Ishpeming was installed in 1927. Last August, the campaign to renovate the organ began, resulting in donations of $64,000 for the $65,000 project. The renovations, reconditioning and updating of the organ by Lauck Pipe Organ Co. began in February and final touches will be completed next week. “I am very humbled and very proud of how our people and even people outside our faith community came together to support this project,” said St. John pastor, the Rev. Larry Van Damme. “It’s evidence of their love of our church, of the pipe organ and of our faith community.” (Journal photos by Lisa Bowers)